ENSCHEDE, NETHERLANDS (July 10, 2 p.m. ET) — A new laboratory that provides thermoplastic composites research for aerospace companies has opened at the University of Twente in Enschede.
Boeing Co., Fokker Technologies, Ten Cate Advanced Composites and the University of Twente signed an agreement three years ago to establish the Thermoplastics Composites Research Center. The center's goal is to accelerate scientific and technological developments for new applications of thermoplastic composites, primarily in the aerospace industry.
“With this opening, the Thermoplastics Composites Research Center, or TPRC, is no longer a virtual institute,” said William Gerry, who represents Boeing as chairman of the TPRC board.
“The TPRC research team is now housed in an outstanding facility that will enable them to do the precise measurements that are necessary to conduct innovative research into thermoplastic composites for a broad range of markets.”
TPRC organizes conferences, training and courses for students, researchers and the industry. The center employs 15, and expects to grow to 20 by the end of the year.
Boeing said in a news release that it invested in TPRC to increase its thermoplastic composites supplier base.